April 2, 2011
Redshirt sophomore Taylor Hughes (Fallbrook, Calif.) led the Tigers with12 kills while hitting .360. Redshirt freshman Adam Troy (Loomis, Calif.) and junior Florian Gornik (Schwechat, Austria) each added five kills of their own, but it wasn't enough to upend the No. 1-ranked USC men's volleyball team as they took a three set decision from the Tigers 25-18, 25-15, 25-17.
The win gave the Trojans, (now 18-1 overall and 17-1 in the MPSF) the outright MPSF regular season championship.
The result dropped the Tigers to Pacific 10-17 overall and 4-15 in the MPSF.
Pacific quickly fell behind in the first set allowing the Trojans to get off to a quick 4-1 start which kept the Tigers from ever being able to get into a position to pose a threat. Pacific dropped the set 25-18.
It was more of the same in the second frame, as USC opened a 6-2 lead that Pacific could not surmount taking the set 25-15.
Pacific tied the third Stanza at 5-5 following a kill by Troy. The Trojans answered by forging a 7-6 lead and never looked back hitting a .526 clip and taking the set 25-17. . In the totality of the match USC outhit the Tigers, .329 to .139, and served eight aces to Pacific's two. Defensively USC out-dug the Pacific 29-27.
Pacific is next in action Thursday April, 7 in Santa Barbara against the UCSB Gauchos. That match is scheduled for a 7:00pm first serve.